All around the world, groups gathered over the weekend to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade, which granted pregnant people in the US the right to access abortion. Five decades after the landmark case, US states will again have the power to ban or severely restrict abortion.
According to the New York Times and the Center for Reproductive Rights, 25 states are now likely to ban abortion. At least 10 states, including Texas, Alabama, and Kentucky, have already banned or restricted abortion access since the decision.
In New York City, thousands came together in Washington Square Park to protest the decision.
Meeting under the park’s iconic Washington Square Arch, reproductive rights activists marched uptown to Bryant Park, many carrying signs depicting their rage and speaking to the horror that will unfold following the ruling.
Many protesters pointed out the flawed logic that exists within the US justice system, working to maintain the rights of gun owners, despite continuous mass shooting, while limiting the rights of people looking to access safe and legal abortions.
Others attending the march carried coat hangers to signify that, despite abortion becoming illegal in many states, they will not stop being performed. Instead, people will be subject to unsafe and potentially life-threatening procedures.
Following the court’s decision, Justice Clarence Thomas said that the Supreme Court should “reconsider” cases currently protecting contraception access and the rights of LGBTQ+ couples.
Protests are planning to continue through the week and into the weekend, including here in Australia.